Toyota presented the new Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport, a sporty version of the SUV based on the city car of the same name. For the moment it is destined only for Japan.
The Toyota Yaris Cross will also have a GR Sport version . The small SUV, unlike the city car, receives only ‘partial’ treatment. The hybrid powertrain, in fact, remains unchanged. What changes is mainly the look of the vehicle – more aggressive -, as well as the set-up and driving dynamics.
Is it the GR Sport version or the regular model ? Perhaps when the car is in motion it will not be so easy to understand, since as far as the exterior is concerned, the changes are minimal. Of course, we find the GR Sport badge in all its pride, but otherwise you have to be content with the new 18-inch alloy wheels with red brake calipers and little else. We find some news rather inside the passenger compartment, where we are welcomed by the sports seats in leather and fabric, as well as the aluminum pedals and the GR branded steering wheel.
On the performance side, the most important change concerns the set-up, with the ground clearance that has been lowered by 10 mm to facilitate driving dynamics. Dynamics that is also optimized by a renewed steering precision, as well as by special reinforcements under the body.
As anticipated, the powertrain has not been touched: the Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport always mounts the 116 hp (85 kW) of the version currently on sale in Italy. Toyota, however – without going into details – spoke of some refinements to ensure greater engine response, making it more suitable for sporty driving.
Will it also come to us? Good question, for the moment Toyota has limited itself to talking about the Japanese market. The Toyota Yaris GR Sport, with its powerful three-cylinder, has also arrived in Italy for some time, so why not. It may be that his ‘older’ sister will also arrive in the future.